Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Sibia (Heterophasia picaoides)


French: Garrulaxe à longue queue German: Langschweifsibia Spanish: Sibia colilarga

[Sibia] Pieaoïdes

[sic] Hodgson

, 1839,



Has sometimes been placed in genus Leioptila. Race cana considered doubtfully valid. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. p. picaoides (Hodgson, 1839) – Sikkim, N West Bengal & Arunachal Pradesh (NE India), Bhutan, N Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan). No records in Nepal since late 19th century, and no convincing records from Nagaland (India) and Bangladesh#R.
  • H. p. cana (Riley, 1929) – E & SE Myanmar (including N Tenasserim), NW & W Thailand, Laos, Vietnam (Tonkin and C Annam) and SE China (SE Yunnan E to W Guangxi#R).
  • H. p. wrayi (Ogilvie-Grant, 1910) – Peninsular Malaysia.
  • H. p. simillima Salvadori, 1879 – Sumatra.
  • Descriptive notes

    28–34·5 cm; 40–46 g. Grey babbler with very long, whitish-tipped tail, white wing patch, and rather long, narrow and slightly decurved bill. Nominate race... read more


    Apparent song (race wrayi) a simple series of a few short, high-pitched, clear “syuk... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest, forest edge, secondary growth, oak and pine forest, open scrub with... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, flower buds, fruits, berries and seeds. Regularly takes nectar of the silk-cotton trees Bombax ceiba and Salmalia... read more


    Feb–Aug. Solitary, but pairs may nest in adjacent trees. Nest, built by both sexes, described as a very deep cup or bag, made mostly... read more


    Resident. Description as common winter visitor in Nameri National Park, in Assam (India), requires... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Recently (Apr 2006) observed in Royal Chitwan National Park, in Nepal, first confirmed record in country since 19th century. Common throughout... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Long-tailed Sibia (Heterophasia picaoides). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 February 2020).